2014 GUFC Annual Conference Set for October in Athens
The 24th Georgia Urban Forest Council Annual Conference and Awards Program is planned for October 22 and 23 at the Classic Center 300 N. Thomas Street, in Athens. This year, we will look at Ice Storm 2014: Lessons Learned in Urban Forestry – Preparing for Nature’s Next Big Event. GUFC’s signature educational event will present a general overview of how this storm affected communities; how to be better prepared through making storm mitigation plans; performing tree assessments before the storm happens; working with staging areas for debris and wood utilization; communicating with the media; understanding declared vs. undeclared events; working with FEMA, GEMA, and strike teams; making scenario assessments; and learning more about damage and recovery of iced trees. See agenda here.
Join us for excellent general session talks, concurrent sessions, tours, and our annual urban forestry awards luncheon.
10 ISA CEUs will be available. SAF Forestry CFE hours: 7, category 1 and 4.5, category 2.
Certificate of Attendance available for landscape architects and others.
- $135 for members (includes a $10 donation to Georgia ReLeaf)
- $160 for non-members (includes discounted GUFC membership and a $10 donation to Georgia ReLeaf)
Need lodging for the annual conference? A block of rooms has been reserved for GUFC at the Classic City Hilton Garden Inn, 390 East Washington Street in Athens. $119 – Standard King or Two Queen Beds. Call 706-353-6800. MENTION THE GUFC ANNUAL CONFERENCE! Rate good until 10/1/14.
A limited number of scholarships are available for tree boards and 501 (c) 3 nonprofits. A scholarship covers the registration fee only and is a reimbursed scholarship (registration fees must be paid in advance). To download an application form, click here. Deadline for submitting a scholarship application is October 10.
Coverage of State Arbor Day Event in Rome
Watch this news video created by reporter Bradley Tilka to learn about GUFC and the State Arbor Day event in Rome in February:
SHADE Magazine is here – in Electronic Flipbook form! The 2014 issue of SHADE is brimming with informative articles on creating green infrastructure, the public health benefits of trees and green spaces, re-greening to reduce stormwater flow, controlling the risk and managing the liability of trees, creating urban orchards, saluting Georgia Tree Campus USAs, the urban forestry accomplishments of volunteers and practitioners from around the state and so much more. We hope you enjoy Shade Magazine in this new format! Click here or on the image for your copy.
GUFC Inducted into 2013 Class of The Home Depot Foundation’s Building Community Network
On November 19, the Georgia Urban Forest Council (GUFC) attended The Home Depot Foundation and Georgia Center for Nonprofits’ annual Building Community Network Kick-Off Luncheon, held at Piedmont Park, where GUFC was inducted into the Building Community Network Class of 2013. GUFC was one of 20 Atlanta-area nonprofit organizations invited to join this year. At the end of the day, GUFC also received a surprise $20,000 donation from The Home Depot Foundation!
As part of Class of 2013, GUFC joins nearly 150 alumni that participated in prior years and will have the opportunity to build partnerships with these organizations to build a stronger Atlanta.
“Atlanta is a strong, vibrant community because of the nonprofit organizations that dedicate their work to improving the city and lives of its residents,” said Kelly Caffarelli, president of The Home Depot Foundation. “It takes great vision and a lot of hard work to create and sustain innovative, impactful programs, and we thank our 2013 Class for the meaningful impact they are making on our community. We hope their participation will foster new relationships that will enhance their work and welcome them to the Building Community Network family.”
The Home Depot was founded in Atlanta in 1979. With 60 stores and almost 20,000 associates who live and work in Metro Atlanta, The Home Depot Foundation works daily to make a positive impact on its hometown through strategic grant making and numerous volunteer activities. Over the last six years, The Home Depot Foundation has donated more than $35 Million to 1,000 Atlanta nonprofit organizations.
Community Forest Storm Mitigation Planning
Trees are an important part of our community’s infrastructure. They provide us with many valuable and irreplaceable environmental, economic, and social benefits. But, during a storm, our trees are also at risk and can cause significant damage not only to infrastructure but also to personal property.
Community Forest Storm Mitigation plans serve as a guide for assessing current storm readiness, for creating a summary of your community’s current forest management program and as a storm mitigation checklist.
A Community Forest Storm Mitigation Planning Workbook and Template are available at this link: http://www.gfc.state.ga.us/community-forests/management/trees-storm-safety/
PowerPoint presentations from community forest storm mitigation workshops are available here: http://www.gufc.org/resources/presentations/
Please contact the Georgia Forestry Commission Sustainable Community Forestry Program staff if you need any assistance with your plan.